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CSGO Ranking System Explained: What Is The Highest Rank

Check out our guide to know everything about the ranking system and what is the highest rank in CSGO.

Like all the FPS video games that have their unique trait, CSGO has its ranking system. This is one of the reasons why players grind on it for endless hours of eternity. I have personally spent over 100 hours (in a week) to secure a great rank. But there are several factors involving the ranking system. While some players start at Silver IV, some players like me begin from Gold Nova I. The ranking system can get a bit confusing as you grind. So, here’s our guide to know everything about the ranking system and the highest rank in CSGO.

What is the Highest Rank in CSGO (Ranking System)


Global Elite is the highest rank cap as there is no greater rank than this. Although the player base for this rank is lesser than 1%. But not to worry, there are other ranks that you can secure as well. Mentioned below are all the ranks in CSGO:

  • Silver I
  • Silver II
  • Silver III
  • Silver IV
  • Silver Elite
  • Silver Elite Master
  • Gold Nova I
  • Gold Nova II
  • Gold Nova III
  • Gold Nova Master
  • Master Guardian I
  • Master Guardian II
  • Master Guardian Elite
  • Distinguished Master Guardian
  • Legendary Eagle
  • Legendary Eagle Master
  • Supreme Master First Class
  • The Global Elite
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The ranking system is pretty simple. If you win competitive matches, your rank will increase. On the other hand, losing the matches will contribute to lowering your rank. It won’t happen if you lose a single match, but it will surely contribute. Your wins in these matches contribute more in comparison to the kills you took. So, we suggest focusing on winning with your team rather than the player scores.

For the beginner players that have started playing the game until recently, here’s how to unlock your rank.

How to Get A Rank & Rank Up Faster in CSGO (Ranking System)


  • To unlock and get a rank, you need to win ten placement matches. These matches will determine the rank you will get after completing the matches. But there is a limit to playing these placement matches.
  • You can only play two Placement matches for a day. So, you need to make sure that you win all of the matches.
  • We suggest avoiding going solo during these matches as you can meet horrible random players. Such players intentionally lose or share no interest in winning matches.
  • You need to play with teammates that share your interests to secure a great rank. This can help you secure a decent rank after winning the ten placement matches.
  • As mentioned earlier, some players start with a Silver IV or III while some secure a Gold Nova I. Once your rank unlocks, all you need to do is keep on grinding on competitive matches. That’s because, with inconsistent grinding, your rank can also decrease.
  • While it is fine to play solo or with random players for Casuals, it doesn’t work for competitive matches. That could contribute to lowering your rank.
  • You can practice with your friends in workshop maps and Casual matches. You can get to know the callouts for every map by grinding on the Casual maps. Alternatively, you can also check out our guide to find out all the callouts for Dust 2 map.
  • In addition to that, you can learn a lot playing while playing with veteran and experienced players. Although some players can get a bit tilted and angry with mistakes, try to keep your calm.

At the end of the day, ranks in CSGO only exist for players to perceive your gameplay. It’s not that you can get a Dragon Lore weapon skin for your AWP for securing a Global Elite rank.

Do Short Matches Affect Rank?


The answer to this question is Yes! Short as well as Long competitive matches affect your ranking. Winning Short comp matches can also increase your ranking points (levels) as well your Ranks.

That’s everything covered about the ranking system and the highest rank in CSGO. If you liked this guide, check out our other guides on the best settings for Max FPS, best Aspect ratio and Resolution, and best Video settings for visibility through Molly in CSGO right here on Gamer Tweak.